My relationship with money has been evolving. In large part due to running a creative business, I’ve gotten more comfortable with money. I’m more involved, more responsible, more aware. I enjoy spending and earning money in ways that feel good.
Still, sometimes I fantasize about not needing money at all. And not because I’m afraid of it or don’t want to deal. It’s because I’m genuinely curious about what life might be like without it.
Money is a human invention. What if I simply rejected using the invention?
(Yes, I was one of those kids who read “Walden” in high school and daydreamed about my own “Into the Wild” adventure.)
This week I heard a radio interview with a man who stopped daydreaming and actually quit interacting with money. Twelve years ago, Daniel Suelo left his last $30 in a phone booth, and hasn’t had a financial transaction since. Sometimes he works, but he never accepts money. He doesn’t panhandle or take donations. He doesn’t even barter. He lives in a cave, forages in dumpsters and the wild for food, and eats roadkill.
You may think that some moneyless dude who lives in a cave and has dead raccoon for dinner is a total nutter, but he’s educated. Mentally well. Principled. And refreshingly non-judgemental towards those of us who play the money game.
In his words, “I know it is possible to live with zero money. Abundantly.”
While Daniel’s lifestyle choice may be fascinating or worrisome or both to you, the real questions are: What do you truly need? What you do truly want? And are you willing to test assumptions to find what works for you?
Want to read more about Daniel? Check out “The Man Who Quit Money” by Mark Sundeen.